Primary & Kindergarten
The Primary classrooms are a calm atmosphere of order and joy, as children ages 3-6 learn together in the same setting. The younger children are guided by the teacher as well as observing and working with older students. Children develop their self-discipline and capacity for total concentration by learning to work at a task from beginning to end. Respect for others, grace and courtesy develop as children grow within the Montessori environment. In the Montessori classroom, each child is allowed to direct his/her path of learning.
Primary & Kindergarten
Heard daily throughout the school, classes share music together at their daily circle time, an important part of the day for community building. Music is incorporated through song, dance and introductions to different instruments.
IMS Art Program
Outdoor Science Lab
At Ithaca Montessori school we are excited to share with you our very own and exclusive Outdoor Science Lab (OSL.) This Lab is only available for our Kindergartners at present. The Outdoor science Lab is a place where children can explore nature and find new and wonderful things that they will treasure for all their lives.
What Was, What Is…
What started as pencil sketches and big ideas just three years ago has become the Ithaca Montessori School Edible Forest Garden. Formally an empty patch of lawn, this space on the back hill is now home to an infant accessible outdoor playspace, a Primary Outdoor Classroom, and thriving garden that leads to a trail system in the forest! Our campus has turned into a living, thriving ecosystem where children engage all their senses, experience the beauty of nature and learn how to care for the earth.
And What Will Be…
This school year we will bring our garden shed to life! This will include the installation of a dynamic living roof and establishing a rain barrel catchment system. Creating this space will attract additional bees, butterflies, and other insects for pollination, increasing overall biodiversity on our campus!
Three Parts Of The Whole
Edible Forest Garden
Forest Trail System
Our Primary Students have access to beautiful age appropriate playgrounds. Primary students can explore two climbing structures, two sets of swings, and a large sandbox, as well as grassy spaces and natural wooded areas for exploration. We also have a large field for active play and a sledding hill for the winter.
When rain, snow or cold prevents our students from playing outside, Primary students enjoy gross motor time in our spacious, indoor gym. The gym features games and equipment for individual play and group activities.